Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer To Do List- Part 1

It has been FAR too long since I last blogged. But with 16 days left of school, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. This has been a long year filled with many changes, but I have learned so much about myself and teaching. I thought I would take a second to reflect on the things I have realized over the past few weeks.

    • Attitude is everything! This couldn't be more true in the world of teaching. I learned this year that my attitude had a huge effect on the cadence of the day. I understand more then ever how important starting the day off with a positive, community building activity, such as a morning meeting, can be. I found some great tools for enhancing my morning meeting that I am definitly going to be looking into this summer. Up until now my only resource has been Roxann Kriete's 
       Morning Meeting Book, but recently I found this great website: Mrs. Bainbridge's Morning Meeting. She has sets of cards for Greetings and Activities that you can print, laminate and assemble on a ring for easy reference during your morning meeting. 

    •  I need to spend some time this summer researching classroom management. I redid my behavior chart at the beginning of this past year. It worked great, but I learned how important it is to be consistent with giving rewards/consequences. I need to come up with a more concrete system on how to handle the reward for getting on blue and purple and the consequence for getting on yellow or red. Also, I am considering sending home a behavior sheet in each child's folder each night. I am wondering if communicating a child's color each night will help make the color chart a more effective tool during the school day. Any thoughts? 

    •  This job has made me understand so much about myself and my beliefs. I am excited to continue to try new things in my classroom as well as read what other's are doing. I think this is an important part of being a newer teacher and I hope that someday I can look back on these first few years and see how far I have come!

    I am excited to do lots of reflecting and creating this summer.  I can't wait to really work on my blog and stay connected with fellow bloggers this summer! 16 days!!